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BY ALLEX CONLEY ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN MTV’s The Real World may be known for pushing the envelope with its wild characters-- But Tonya Cooley from the Road Rules Challenge: The Ruins is levelling a charge at the cast and crew -- and says this time the show’s gone way too far. Cooley is suing MTV, claiming she was raped -- cameras rolling -- with a toothbrush while she was passed out. A word of warning -- this gets graphic. TMZ reports... “Tonya Cooley filed the suit ... claiming the two guys ‘took another male participant’s toothbrush and rubbed the toothbrush around plaintiff’s genitals, including ... inserting the toothbrush into [plaintiff]...’ … Cooley says producers not only knew about the rape, they even replaced the toothbrush, but never told her what happened.” But do the cast members know what they are getting themselves into when they sign up to be on the show? A commenter on Lipstick Alley says -- definitely. “When you sign those MTV contracts, you basically sell your soul. She has signed more than one MTV contract, so she must have read it. I hope she did.” The Village Voice obtained a copy of the MTV contract for the Real World. This is definitely one document you would want to read carefully before signing. Here’s just a taste of what real worlders agree to before getting their 15 minutes of fame. “You may die, lose limbs, and suffer nervous breakdowns … You may be humiliated and explicitly portrayed ‘in a false light’ ... Interacting with other cast members carries the risk of ‘non-consensual physical contact’...” The contract goes on to cover a whole range of exploitative situations that may or may not happen. As of Friday afternoon, MTV officials hadn’t responded to reporters’ requests for comment. Transcrpt by Newsy.
1 Nov 2011
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